"Winning 13 out of 16 titles is all down to the athletes. In the end this game always belongs to the players. We've won because we've got some fantastic players. This is all down to the athletes, who have performed so well over the whole period". No doubt speaking with Jose Mourinho in mind, Guardiola made it quite clear that it is the players who win the titles.
"Mourinho and I resemble one another in that we both want to win, but I do not get the impression that we are similar. If that is the case then I must have done something wrong," an irritated Guardiola said. "I have never desired to put myself on a par with him. Certain images are worth more than a thousand words. My objective is not to sully the reputation of my team. There are thousands of press conferences. We both want to win but we are different.
An adductor injury kept Puyol out of the defending European champions' 7-1 last-16 second-leg victory against the Bundesliga outfit and, while he has not yet been given the green light by the club's doctors to play, he does form part of a 19-man squad announced on Saturday.
"As Guardiola said, we are lucky to be alive to see what Messi is doing. There is so much talk about who is the best, and for the me there is no comparison," he told Marca. "Messi is the best player ever. We'll never see another player like him. We must enjoy him because he is out of this world."
Consequently, Valdano believes that unless people stop questioning Higuain's value to Los Blancos, the persistent rumour linking the striker with a move to Juventus will soon become a reality. "Higuain is an outstanding striker and goalscorer," the Argentine is quoted as saying on Cadena SER. "You can not permanently doubt him because the player may end up getting tired [of it]."
Spare a thought for Cristiano Ronaldo. It really must be hard work to be a top class footballer...
Cristiano Ronaldo abandoned his £200,000 black Lamborghini on the streets of Madrid after it conked out on him. The supercar was also moved onto a pavement to ensure no harm came to it while it was waiting to be towed away. Ronaldo will be disappointed the car he bought only a month ago for his 27th birthday has already broken down.
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